First of all.... yesterday I opened up my email and saw a message from the photographers who do the mini marathon. I thought that was interesting seeing as how we did not particiapte last year (if you recall, I was due May 5th, and I think the date of the mini last year was like May 3rd... not a good combo). But, I had participated in every other mini since 2000, so I wondered what this was about.
I opened the email and much to my suprise/chagrin, they had pictures linked to the 2006 mini marathon that I could re-order. Not from any other year. Now, I am thinking that the reason why they kept these on file was because I actually ordered one print from that year. I haven't looked at it for a long time... but I remembered that I ordered it to remind myself that at one point in my life I was in good shape. Here is the picture...
Now, it's not like I could make the cover of "Fitness" or anything, but for me, this was quite an accomplishment. I was really healthy and fit, and I wanted a picture to remember me "before"... I had kids that was.
So, I took that as a sign to get my butt back in shape. To reach that level, I've got another good 20 pounds to go. Steve and I conicidentally had signed up just last week for the 2009 mini, so I am trying to look at this like my inspiration. BTW- when I signed up for my first mini almost 10 years ago, I think I paid... um $20? This year it was $50! Talk about extortion... why we paid so much to torture ourselves I don't know. What I do know is that this year it's more important than ever for me to get back into pre-baby shape.
Okay - now the other part of my blog... maybe it's just because I am still nursing that I have been uber aware of this story. But for all who don't know, there is literally a restaurant in I think Sweden, who is paying mothers for their breastmilk to add to creams and sauces on their menu. And, PETA, then, after hearing the story ran with it and is asking Ben & Jerry's to consider using breastmilk instead of cow's milk in their ice cream.
WTF? I am sorry... I know that breastmilk is the absolute most perfect food that you can give your baby. And, I feel that it is something that should be shared between mothers and babies. I mean, if you think about it, things can get passed through breastmilk.. like medications and even HIV. Is that really safe? Plus, as much as I want my baby to drink it.. would I? Ick, no! I know that it has great healing properties (I did read Happy Krysten's blog). But, seriously... it would take a lot for me (and I'm a huge advocate of nursing) to want to drink another woman's milk. Just my two cents for the day.